Ropes & Gray Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
56 Reviews
3.1
56 Reviews
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Ropes & Gray Chairman R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I genuinely enjoyed working with those folks (in 3 reviews)

  • Good people, great culture and wonderful work (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no regard for work-life balance or professional development opportunities for staff - that department was eliminated (in 3 reviews)

  • It's a 'law firm', not a 'people firm', so the staff doesn't matter as much as the attorneys (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great (for BigLaw)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good, though standard for BigLaw.
    Benefits are solid.
    Colleagues are generally brilliant and hard-working.
    Great opportunity for substantive work early to gain experience.
    Tons of training available at any time.

    Cons

    Bonuses are generally lockstep, and the additional bonus for vastly exceeding minimum hours is not much.
    No 401K matching.
    Colleagues are very intense and demanding, partnership on down. While there are always differences between individuals, there is a general expectation that you will absolutely do whatever it takes to get a request done.
    Way, way too much work. This is standard across BigLaw, but it really could be alleviated by trusting staffing professionals more and by hiring more people to spread the work across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more insight as to the direction of the firm and how decisions are being made. Create more disincentives for senior people to be unreasonably demanding (e.g. upward reviews).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, but Ropes & Chains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work

    Cons

    Hours can be very bad and demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the work out so people don't burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Treat all as equals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Generous time off- 35 hour work week, pension which is now unheard of.

    Cons

    Behind the times in technology and with self service options. Things are much slower pace when it comes to getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that staff is there to support lawyers and don't segregate so much. You feel under valued as a human being.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Improvement Needed in Employees' Ability to Track Quality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff for the most part. Promotion from within is rarely if ever overlooked. Cross-office opportunities are made known to everyone.

    Cons

    Keeping track of one's own progress was continuously a challenge. This is where I felt the ball is dropped - maybe because of management's insistence on keeping a seamless flow of work (quality and quantity-wise flow of work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt they should be more pro-active in supporting the suggestions made by the support staff (suggestions that related to the support staff being able to keep track of their progress).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Minor Compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers and staff.
    Great location.
    Great lawyers.

    Cons

    They didn't give raises or bonuses for almost 3 years while increasing the workload and expecting the staff to accept the excuse that it was the "economy." But still giving large raises and bonuses to lawyers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inflation doesn't stop so why do raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    One of the better places to work in big law

    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not as sweatshop-like as other firms; People seem to care/respect your personal life more than at other places. Senior associates have your back for the most part and don't throw you under the bus with partners.

    Cons

    The usual biglaw problems--long hours, hierarchical management, etc.

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A period of frequent changes in management team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A firm with a good reputation for strong legal experience and training and development of associates.

    Cons

    Management does not always support or advocate for its professional staff teams. Also, it's hard to get to know colleagues beyond the office you work in to improve working relationships. More firmwide communication of goals and objectives would be helpful, as well as transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It appears there is a double-standard for some personnel vs others with regards to career opportunities. Also, there is often talk about being forward-looking, strategic and progressive but when teams try to implement new/different approaches to do work or achieve goals, lawyers/firm management aren't always comfortable adopting them and wanoften revert back to older/prior methods.

  9.  

    Its a very challenging environment which can be good or bad or both for some people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks
    Time off is better than other firms
    Very tech oriented - Ability to work from home and mobile

    Cons

    Communications between departments could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people and the work! Doesn't get better for big law.

    Cons

    Sometimes working at a satellite office can be difficult but overall the firm does a great job of creating a one-firm mentality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were, for the most part, competent, supportive and nice.

    Cons

    Departments were mismanaged. No communication between groups. Not a true global law firm, though tried to pretend it was.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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